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As the 2018/2019 season of the New Building Society (NBS) 40 overs cricket competition continues, many players are aiming to up the ante on their batting and bowling. However, Nichosie Barker has been reaping the benefits in the white ball format of the game.
The young all-rounder, who hails from the Malteenoes Sports Club, stated to Guyana Times Sport that he considers himself more of a batting all-rounder as the right arm batsman. As an off spinner he has played six matches and scored 170 runs at an average of 42.5 with his high score being 51* against GNIC; while in the bowling department, he has grabbed eight wickets bowling 39 overs at an economy rate of 5.28 with best bowling figures of 8-1-28-3. Barker also stated that he enjoys batting at number four as he understands his role in the team and is quite ok with the cementing the middle order, as he has seen many results. Barker also stated that while his bowling is on par, he has to convert more on his starts, while he makes a lot of 40s and 50s he must learn to convert them in to hundreds as this will be his main focus for 2019.
When asked how his relationship with his coach Derian Best has benefited his success, Barker said, “it has been great because he works mainly on my fitness, mindset an creating a better habit when we do specific drills. He is a young coach but he is willing to learn, and the results are seen on the field”. He also stated that with the white ball there isn’t a lot of success in the bowling department but he likes a good challenge, as compared to the red ball where he is able to bowl longer and take more wickets. In closing, Barker relayed that for the year 2019 he is hungry for runs and wickets and is working hard to be selected back into the Georgetown fanchise team and carry on his impeccable form.